Dear Dr. Barnes,

I will do it because I believe in your ideas.

Yours sincerely,

Leopold Stokowski

March 8, 1925


Into Darkness

With the JACK Quartet and members of SoundLAB

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018


American Philosophical Society, 427 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106


Sophie Lacaze (b. 1963)
Archèlogos II (2012) for bass flute and audio track (US Premiere) 

Zosha di Castri (b. 1985)
The Contours of Absence (2018) for two string quartets (US Premiere)


Georg Friedrich Haas (b. 1953)
String Quartet no. 9 (2016), performed in total darkness (Philadelphia Premiere)

Venue and Parking

Note: The performance will take place at Benjamin Franklin Hall, around the corner from the APS Museum. Please view the map here.

10/16 Parking Information around APS Benjamin Franklin Hall:

Street parking is limited. Convenient parking is available at:

  • Bourse Garage, 400 Ranstead St, Philadelphia, PA 19106, at Ranstead and S 4th Street. Enter after 5PM, exit by 2AM = $10.00 (Tues). Please visit the website for details.

  • Autopark at Independence Mall, 41 N 6th, between Arch and Market St. Enter after 5PM, exit by 3AM = $10.00 (Tues). Please visit the website for details.


INTO DARKNESS on October 16

AT FIRST LIGHT on October 18


At First Light

SoundLAB Ensemble Debut with Augusta Read Thomas, Composer-in-Residence

Thursday, October 18th, 2018


Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral, 23 S. 38th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 


Oliver Knussen (1952-2018)
Coursing (1979) for ensemble (Philadelphia Premiere) 

Misato Mochizuki (b. 1969)
All that is including me (1996) for bass flute, clarinet, violin (US Premiere)

Michèle Reverdy (b. 1943)
Dix musiques minutes (1994) for violin, viola, violoncello (US Premiere)


Michelle Agnes Magalhaes (b. 1979)
Mobile (2013) for solo piano (US Premiere)

Augusta Read Thomas (b. 1964)
Plea for Peace (2017) for voice and string quartet (Philadelphia Premiere)
Prayer and Celebration (2006) for chamber orchestra (Philadelphia Premiere)

George Benjamin (b. 1960)
At First Light (1982) for chamber orchestra (Philadelphia Premiere)

Venue and Parking

Directions: For detailed directions and public transit options, please visit the Cathedral website.

Parking Information:

Convenient parking is available at a variety of garage and street parking locations:

  • Penn Presbyterian Hospital: 51 N 39th Street, 19104. Convenient parking is available in this garage, located at 38th and Filbert streets, or on the open lot at 3910 Filbert Street.

  • UPenn Parking Garage: Walnut 38: 119 S 38th Street at 38th and Walnut. Please visit the website for details.

  • Ample street parking is available using the area’s kiosks. Map to the Cathedral at 23 S 38th St, 19104.


The participation of SoundLAB in the Barnes/Stokowski Festival has been made possible through the New Music Fund, a program of FACE Foundation, with generous funding from the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, the Florence Gould Foundation, Fondation CHANEL, the French Ministry of Culture, the Institut Français-Paris, and SACEM (Société des Auteurs, Compositeurs, et Editeurs de Musique).

Additional support is provided by the University of Pennsylvania Music Department’s Contemporary Music Series and the American Composers Forum Philadelphia Chapter.

We would like to give special thanks to Flute Pro Shop, Night Vision Rentals and Christopher Andrew Studios, PCMS, Downingtown Area School District, Alexander Bancer, the American Philosophical Society, Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral, and the University of Pennsylvania Department of Music.